Sunday, September 18, 2011

Testing Converting MTS Video to MP4 Using Miro Video Converter

I would like to get out of conversion hell but somebody has got to pave the way to simplicity. Mumble, mumble, mumble. Anyway, my new JVC camcorder records in the .mts video format, the same as my Canon Vixia HF R100.

Let me say that most of the consumer video editing applications now seem to support importing the .mts video format. All you have to do is bring the video in and get started editing.

I have opened .mts video with:
  • Corel Video Studio Pro X4
  • Serif MoviePlus X5
  • Windows Live Movie Maker (Vista/Windows 7 only) which shocked the heck out of me but it did imported the video without any problems.
So if you have access to a current video editing program try that first before you fiddle with the conversion software.

But if you have older software or you can't update your system you are going to need to covert the video.

This is my test of the free/open source Miro Video Converter software that is now available for both Mac and PC users.

Really simple to use, you can drag and drop the video onto the player or choose a file. In the drop down menu is where you can select you export format.

The good news, Miro did the conversion.

The bad news came a bit later when I used the QuickTime Movie Inspector to get a glimmer of what the exported video specs are. The movie was exported at 20 frame per second. That is not how I recorded it.

There is also a wicked tinny audio sound throughout the video. At the very end of the video there is a lot of pixel breakup:

Yellow Caution Tape Extremely Pixelated

So there you have it. I can't recommend using Miro for converting .mts videos using the .mp4 option.

Yes, it can convert the video file but the audio will get trashed with a serious tinny overlay that you would have to spend time removing. It is so bad that I don't think that you can pluck it all out.

Not to mention that the is the loss of about 10 frames per second which is going to affect how your video is going to look.

To be fair to the Miro Video Converter, it is designed to convert to various media player and smart phone devices. I used the generic .mp4 selection. It might be that there is a device setting that might be better than what I selected. 

Sigh, back to the lab.

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1 comment:

  1. thanx for info, but as for me, i prefer to use this tool, it converts video to iPod very well!)


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